The heat was brutal - how did it affect your race?
I’m not someone who usually does well in the heat. But I think that’s true for most mountain athletes and humans in general! So I didn’t feel like I had any type of disadvantage, just knew I would have to make smart decisions and prioritize drinking, eating, and staying cool.
I also had an amazing crew meeting me at aid stations with ice and new shirts soaked in iced water. Fanny Rubin from On was my primary crew and having someone so efficient, supportive, and who really knows the sport was really key on such a hot day.
Did you have a plan for the race? Did it play out as expected?
Germain and I planned our aid stations and crewing logistics much more than usual knowing we would need to manage the heat well in order to finish strong. It was Fanny’s first time crewing for me, but I was really confident in her and she totally met/exceeded my expectations. Other than that I wanted to try to push a bit more at the beginning before midday when the temperatures were “cooler”, hoping I could take a lead before the heat started to affect me.
At what point in the race did you know the win was yours?
You never really know if you've won until you see the finish line – anything can happen in an ultra race
One bad fall or forgetting to eat or drink properly for an hour or two can completely change a race. But when I heard that I had a pretty good lead at Lac d'Emosson (around halfway) I felt confident that if I managed the rest of the the day well I could win.
You wore the new Cloudventure - what do you like about the shoe?
The Cloudventure has the protection and support needed for an ultra-distance race and is extremely durable in rough terrain. The pink color is also an added bonus!
Katie’s shoe: The new Cloudventure
The lightweight cushioned trail shoe with Missiongrip™. For any off-road mission.
And how did the On apparel perform on race day?
The Running Shorts and the Lightweight Cap are perfect for hot, sunny days. I chose to wear the Performance-T instead of the Tank-T in order to keep my pale shoulders covered from the sun. Because it’s lightweight and loose I never felt like I needed a sleeveless shirt. My crew was also giving me new shirts soaked in cold water at some aid stations which definitely helped to keep me from overheating.
Germain (pictured below) had a great result too- it must be pretty awesome to both get a podium finish?
Yes definitely! One of the highlights of the day was when I learned at the finish line that he had finished third. The last I had heard he was fourth, and I knew this was still a great result in such a competitive field, but seeing how hard he has been working over the last few months I had really hoped he could make it onto the podium. Germain’s mental strength really inspires me, he never settles when he knows he can push harder and this really shows in the way he races.